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Colo. Meat Company Expands Recall

December 13, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service reported unsanitary conditions including rodent activity. FSIS has suspended the assignment of inspectors at the establishment, and the investigation is ongoing. It was discovered during the ongoing investigation that additional products should be removed from commerce.

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American Airlines Orders 90 Regional Jets

December 13, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Airlines, fresh out of bankruptcy and newly merged with US Airways, said Thursday that it will buy 90 new regional jets from Brazil's Embraer S.A. and Canada's Bombardier Inc. and use them to replace smaller, less fuel-efficient planes.

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GM Gets About $343M For PSA Stake

December 13, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. got about $343 million for its 7 percent stake in French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen.  The Detroit company on Friday said that it completed the private placement sale of 24.8 million PSA shares for 250 million euros.

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Ford Plans 23 New Cars, 11,000 New Jobs In 2014

December 13, 2013 9:47 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says it will hire more than 11,000 people in the U.S. and Asia next year to support an aggressive rollout of new vehicles.  Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, said the company plans to hire 5,000 workers in the U.S. — including 3,300 white-collar staff like engineers — and 6,000 workers in Asia

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Q&A: Protection Against Automotive Counterfeits

December 13, 2013 9:36 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

This month, we had the chance to speak with Mark Prokosch, Vice President at Verify Brand.  Verify, a Minneapolis-based software as a service (Saas) brand protection company, recently announced enhancements to its cloud-based platform to combat counterfeiting in automotive supply chains. 

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Cold Welding Ductile Metal Tubulation

December 13, 2013 9:24 am | by Jim Norton, President, Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The requirement to pinch-off and hermetically seal ductile metal tabulation (tubing) is a critical and necessary process when separating a device from a vacuum pumping station. Tools that can reliably perform the pinch-off (cold weld) function will produce a reliable seal that can withstand bake-out temperatures up to 600o C and eliminates the necessity of using expensive valves to perform the same process. 

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Quantum Opens West Coast Distribution Center

December 13, 2013 9:08 am | by Quantum Storage Systems | News | Comments

Quantum Storage Systems is pleased to announce the opening of its new west coast distribution center located in Fresno, California.                                  

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Shuttle XP 1000: Easy Handling Of Heavy Loads

December 13, 2013 8:27 am | by Kardex Remstar, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

A new vertical lift module from Kardex Remstar can accommodate goods weighing up to 2,205lbs (1,000 kg) per tray. The Shuttle XP 1000 is the newest addition to the successful Shuttle XP vertical lift module series that includes the 250, 500 and 700 models.

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'Short Slugger' Magnetic Drill

December 13, 2013 8:24 am | by FEIN Power Tools, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

The drill is lightweight, carries a low profile plus low cost and is ideal for portable holemaking in fabricating, construction, and specialty metalworking applications. 

Slim Panel Mount Air Conditioners

December 13, 2013 8:12 am | by Kooltronic | Product Releases | Comments

All SlimKool models are just 12 inches wide, a design feature that provides more flexibility for the increasingly narrow electrical enclosures common in industry today.

Screw-On IBC Tote Tank Mixer

December 13, 2013 8:04 am | by Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Gardco has released a new series of tote mixers, the TT SERIES (1.8 & 3 HP Air Driven).  This series is specifically designed for plastic totes with 6-inch Screw-On-Lids. 

Brazil Gov't May Backtrack On Auto Safety Laws

December 12, 2013 1:21 pm | by Bradley Brooks, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety advocates decried the idea of any delay, saying that in terms of safety, Brazilian cars are already decades behind those produced for consumers in the U.S. and Europe despite Brazil now being the globe's No. 4 auto market.       

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Sriracha Maker Says Calif. Put Hold On Its Sauces

December 12, 2013 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Southern California-based maker of Sriracha has been told it can't ship any more of its popular hot sauce to food distributors until next month because the state Department of Public Health is enforcing stricter guidelines that require a 30-day hold on the product.

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Inside Hammond's Candy-Cane Factory

December 12, 2013 1:12 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Watch how Hammond's Candies has been handmaking candy canes for the last 93 years.                                                

NASA Suspects Bad Valve For Space Station Trouble

December 12, 2013 1:08 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

On Wednesday, one of two identical cooling loops shut down. The system uses ammonia to dissipate heat from on-board equipment. One line was getting too cold. Engineers suspect a bad valve.                 

Operators Ground Model Of Chopper That Crashed

December 12, 2013 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bond Air Services, operator of the Eurocopter EC135 Type 2 aircraft that crashed Nov. 29, says another EC135 in its fleet experienced "an indication defect" on Wednesday that requires further investigation, but offered no further explanation.   

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Unemployment Aid Applications Surge To 368,000

December 12, 2013 1:01 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.  The surge in first-time applications could be a troubling sign if it lasts. But it likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Aviation Schools Prepare For Boom In Drone Jobs

December 12, 2013 12:59 pm | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

The university's unmanned aircraft degree program, the nation's first, exploded from five students in 2009 to 120 students last year. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State have since added similar programs.        

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Labor Group Sees Progress At Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

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Elevator Company Cited In 49ers Stadium Death

December 12, 2013 11:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California safety officials have issued $54,000 in fines against an elevator company whose employee was killed while working at the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara.  Mechanic Don White, 63, was killed June 11 by an elevator counterweight.

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